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, who was then chief of staff to president obama at the white house. quote, and this is from e-mail, either e-mail or call when you can with suggestions, woolard wrote. the e-mail stated quote, the white house needs to focus on finalizing the loan guarantee for will be the largest solar thermal project in the world. brightsource energies project was conditionally approved more than a year ago and is in the final stages of being completed. we need a commitment from the white house regarding that loan closure. at a house energy and commerce subcommittee meeting last may, chairman jim jordan said toward, quote, you are asking the guy who's in charge of making a final decision to proofread an e-mail that your chairman was going to send to the white house chief of staff, and you say there's no political involveme involvement? well, in another coincidence or not, the loan received final approval and may 2011, a month after silver refused the proofreading request, which he reviewed as the e-mail as can be seen from his personal account, his personal e-mail account, not his department
women. i think the message has probably been received by the obama white house. i think at the end of the day, it's always good to have more women in the room. i suspect they will. >> and, al hunt, one of the other strains of criticism is that the president -- and i guess you want people who agree with you for the most part but the president is choosing from a relatively small pool. pretty interesting that the president, the vice president, the secretary of defense designee and the secretary of state designee all served together on the senate foreign relations committee. >> he turned upside down that concept four years ago. i think the people who he picked are very capable but let me take the economic team for a second. i think jack lew is an enormously capable person as are other people but you know something, george, these people are tired. they are exhausted. they have been through one battle after another. when you talk about hillary clinton being spent, being exhausted so are these people and they're not bringing in any infusion of new people with new ideas. not necessarily re
talked at the beginning about presidential leadership and you worked in the obama white house for a year or so. the president has too deal with the debt ceiling. he wants to pass major immigration reform. >> absolutely. >> chris: do something about climate change. has he told you how much political capital he is willing to spend on what is going to be a very tough fight? >> i think that the president has demonstrated tremendous leadership on this issue. i think the country rallied around him and h his leadership because he really was a voice for the parents who lost a child. >> chris: has he told you how much -- >> and i see from his actions and we hear from the white house and we hear from the vice president that they are going to lay down political capital on the issue and i think the one thing i would say to those people like larry and others who said we can't do anything about these issues is that whether it comes from the background checks or dealing with high capacity magazines which was the issue in newtown we can take action and to say that we should do nothing really doesn't res
. and why is president obama nominating nothing but white males to the cabinet positions? the war on women continues straight ahead. greg? >> thanks, andy. >> you disgust me, greg. i was going to tell you why. >> why? >> it was only about maybe a month ago you were mocking me mercilessly for wearing a v neck sweater with a collar outside of it. >> really? >> yes. >> this is what happens when you leave your stuff at my place. >> you are just a little filth bucket. >> i am curious, you mentioned john cook. is that the john cook who lives in prospect heights? >> it might be. i'm not sure. jay in brooklyn -- >> in brooklyn? i think so. >> we can get his address. >> i don't know, maybe so. see you later, jerk. let's welcome my first guest. i am here are harris falkner, that's her name. and if hilarity were a gift card i would plow him at the olive garden. he is the co-host of the opie and anthony show. and in maine she considered a tackle box. it is bill schulz. and she knows hot stocks like i am -- like i know tube socks. it is true, i am a lonely man who wears tube socks. sit -- sitting next
at this kenyan bornnnnnnn >>> women helped him prevail, and yet he favored white and male. president obama, if that's his real name, has nominated a bunch of men to serve in top national security positions including head of the cia, secretary of state and secretary of defense. and not helping matters he picked women to be secretary of vacuuming and secretary of doing the dishes. >> what? >> the washington post said supporters are irked by the shortage of ladies in prominent jobs especially after making women's issues a big part of his campaign. look at him smile mocking them. to me it is massage nighs to put women in cabinet. that's just me. discuss, shall we? >> lightning rooooouuuunnndd. lightning round. >> on a scale of one to impeachment, how much do you care if he doesn't choose any women? >> i look at the track record. you have desiree rogers who was employed by the president. she was the social sectd. >> that was a guy? >> she was a woman. then ha rie benghazi thing. then you have secretary of state hillary clinton which both sides of the political aisle have been pleased with her
obama made a number of nominations to his cabinet, including the current white house chief of staff, jack lew, to head up the treasury department. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, accompanied by secretary timothy geiger and mr. jacob lew. >> good afternoon, everybody. please have a seat. a little more than four years ago, i stood with mr. tim geithner and denounced him as my first nominee to my cabinet. we were barely two months into the financial crisis. the stock market had greater and the housing market had cratered as well. bank after bank was on the verge of collapse. worst of all, more than 800,000 americans would lose their jobs in just that month. and the bottom was not yet in sight. i could not blamed him when he tried to tell me he was not the right guy for the job. [applause] but i knew that his extensive experience with economic policy made him qualified. i knew he could hit the ground running. he had just spent several sleepless and chaotic weeks emerged in the crisis and had been working closely with his republican predecessor to save the fi
. >>> and president barack obama spent part of his morning undergoing a fitness test. this video shows the president leaving the white house dressed in casual clothes on his way to the pentagon's health clinic. the white house says this is part of a routine medical exam set up by his doctor. president obama is 51 years old, and his last physical was two years ago when he was said to be in excellent health and tobacco free. the white house says the results of today's exam will be released before the end of the month. >>> and right now we are going to check in with brody brazil of comcast sports net. a little football action going on today. >> yeah, diane, always a great day when you get paid to watch football games. two to update you on. something had to give in denver this afternoon. would it be the end of peyton manning's season or the end of ray lewis' storied career? highlights from the mile high city are coming up next. >>> plus the 49ers kicking off their second season in a game that didn't get off to a great start for the home team. we'll let you know how they're faring up to the minute right
. an issue obama is sticking his neck out for for the first time really in his white house tenure. this has not been an issue that has treated democrats well at the polls. i'm wondering if there is any concerns from 2014 from a democratic leadership perspective because obama is lame duck he doesn't have to werery about it but you do. >> i think we should take it straight on just the way the president and vice president said. law abiding gun owners don't like what happened in connecticut. they don't like what happened in colorado. they don't like what they see happening today. so it's not just folks who are concerned as i am living in a big city of the level of gun violence. we need to prevent that gun violence and we could take some very sensible measures to do that which gun owners support. gun owner, even those who are members of the nra, support background checks to make sure that violent criminals, people who have severe mental disabilities aren't getting their hands on guns that we don't know about. most americans support closing the gun show loopholes which allows people to purchase w
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an opportunity to respond to something that came out at the white house. but it seemed there was progress between president obama and president karzai. one of the big issues for what the post 2014 forces will look like is giving them immunity in afghan courts. that's an issue that prevented them from staying in iraq. that was the sticking point. because he got the concessions on detentions and u.s. troops leaving afghan villages he could support the idea of u.s. immunity and he would take it to the people. it's not a done deal but that was a positive step forward for the white house. host: jeremy herb talking to us about afghan president visit to washington, d.c. this week. thank you for being on the washington journal. >> tomorrow we'll discuss president obama's nominee for defense secretary chuck hagel. our guest are steve clemens followed by a look at emerging marths in developing countries. we'll discuss his book break out nations. washington journal, live at 7:00 eastern on c-span. >> if you ask how many themselves identify as lib tarnse. depending on which poll you look at you might get 10
on building a death star anytime soon. morehan 34,000 people sign the petition calling on the obama administration to build the super weapon in a posting on the white house web site, the spice advisor says why waste money on a death star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one man starship. >> we have very cold temperatures. >> leigh: cold temperatures and clear sky. definitely bundle up, get ready for the freezing to take place overnight. live doppler 7hd telling you no returns right now. so clearing as well as west wind, calm conditions. temperatures are going to start to bottom out by early tomorrow morning. in fact here's a look at some of our expected lows. mid-to-upper 20s. that's about it. and santa rosa as well as napa. could be even colder in some of those sonoma valley areas. 38, expected low for san francisco, 33, oakland. mid-to-upper 20s in the east bay, and morgan hill, overnight tonight, getting down to 27 degrees. the entire state influenced by the cold air mass all the way down to southern california. san diego tomorrow, 56. al -- 58 in los angeles. s
president obama's second-term agenda. immigration reform is at the top of his legislative to do list. white house officials tell the "new york times" mr. obama and senate democrats will propose the changes in one comprehensive bill resisting efforts by some republicans to break the overhaul into smaller pieces. for more on these plans i want to bring in nbc's peter alexander what. are you hearing about the single swoop approach to passing immigration reform? >> that first as you noted was reported by the "new york times" this past week reporting to this big ambitious overhaul plan that would be one comprehensive package as opposed to splitting some of these issues up independently as some republicans have been pushing more, thinking it may be more digestible for their base back in their home districts. specifically when it comes to the issue of amnesty or legal status, that's been something heavily fought over. the president insists it's not amnesty. he said among the other elements that would exist in the proposals that are being considered right now, we're hearing from administration offi
but the white house put it this bichir the next day president obama with three female advisers. if you are still outraged now it is president obama with three advisers female and three advisers mail trying to call for more diversity. if you are an adrenaline junkie not afraid of snakes before the fish and wildlife conservation commission kicks off the python challenge tomorrow for anyone who wants to hunt down the burmese python as an effort to rid the state of 150,000 non native price since one negative pythons there is every board to $1,000 suit ketches the longest and 1500 to whoever kills the most. peta is not happy and is indifferent to all of the species of the python is eating. negotiating with the talent and the right conclusion in afghanistan? the "a team" will join us next. lori: the sun is getting started. the "a team" republican strategist john christie, former clinton advisor doug shoen and matt patrick. start with the situation in afghanistan. the president and president karzai holding a joint conference know that the u.s. will back out and drawback troops. and more concerning is t
said in and put him right back in the white house to do wit to -- deal with it. a plan is jack lew's a signal from obama that he will pursue the course he pursued in the first term, to spend as much as he needs to establish the entitlement state and tax at a higher level to pay for it. jack lew is exactly the kind of liberal historically who has been his warrior on the front in negotiating on this. there is no indication that lew would go in any other direction, and it is clear to me that by this series of agreements obama has made, unlike added a first term more features people of independent stature, he has gone from a team of rivals to team of underlings. >> well, that is one nomination, but the nomination of former srepublican senator chuck hagel to head the department of defense has generated heat and light. zbigniew brzezinski, general john johns, brent scowcroft, as well as colin powell and former defense secretary bob gates. the senate has rejected only nine cabinet nominees to will chuck hagel be the 10th? >> i don't think so. i thought he would have an easier time that he
of a strong record, but probably more important are those people around him. that white house photograph was very real and that's how it is on a day-to-day basis. with a couple of exceptions. but that's how senator obama and president obama has sort of always been. always surrounded by usually men. >> congressman, last word. this is also true of people of color. the president, obviously, we have a holder at the justice department. we have kirk at the u.s. trade rep, but are there enough minorities and should it matter to us? should we be discussing this? >> it should matter because diversity must be our promise and not our problem. and, you know, when you have first man of color in the white house, it becomes even more significant. but i believe the president truly believes in diversity and i think that, again, i think we'll see the diversity coming down the pipe. >> congressman elijah cummings, congresswoman marcia black burn, jeffrey zeleny and michael scherer, thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> when we return, strike up the band. the inauguration is a week away. you can buy yo
over more responsibility to the afghans. mr. obama met with president hamid karzai at the white house yesterday. the pair discussed ways to wind down u.s. military presence in afghanistan as the american mission there officially ends in 2014. i'm marianne rafferty. now, back to "geraldo at large." this s a crime time in prime time alert. in the stew yo steubenville, o, football rape case there is word that those who testified have not been granted immunity from prosecution as had previously been reported so that throws open the possibility that the players who shot those hideous videos and pictures of the rape victim comatose being handed around the picture takers may also be prosecuted. as the local board of education urges other student witnesses to come forward, craig has the latest on the big red rape case. >> she is better than casey anthony. >> in a drunken rant, ex-steubenville hig high school football player is taped. a girl passed around like a ragdoll and allegedly raped during a summer party hosted by former players of the current team known locally as big red. >> it is rap
on the obama administration to build the super weapon in a posting on the white house web site, the spice advisor says why waste money on a death star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one man starship. >> we have very cold temperatures. >> leigh: cold temperatures and clear sky. definitely bundle up, get ready for the freezing to take place overnight. live doppler 7hd telling you no returns right now. so clearing as well as west wind, calm conditions. temperatures are going to start to bottom out by early tomorrow morning. in fact here's a look at some of our expected lows. mid-to-upper 20s. that's about it. and santa rosa as well as napa. could be even colder in some of those sonoma valley areas. 38, expected low for san francisco, 33, oakland. mid-to-upper 20s in the east bay, and morgan hill, overnight tonight, getting down to 27 degrees. the entire state influenced by the cold air mass all the way down to southern california. san diego tomorrow, 56. al -- 58 in los angeles. south lake tahoe right now, minus two degrees. tomorrow they'll warm up to only 27 degrees. he
away -- >> we're watching we the people to allow americans to directly petition the white house. >> reporter: noble concept, kind of thing obi-wan or obama wa nchn ki kenobi would have thought of. if that 25,000 agreed, the administration would sponz. but they began to petition for strange things from recognizing ping-pong as a school sport to deporting perceiers morgan for views on guns but the most popular idea of all. a petition to, quote, secure resources and funding and begin construction of a death star by 2016. the reason, to quote spur job creation and strengthen our national defense. nearly 35,000 people went online and agreed and the white house true to its word responded saying interga lactic domination probably isn't the best idea in the universe, first the price tag, a budget gusting 850 quadrillion dollars and the administration does not support blowing up planets and the best, why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a death star with a fundamental flaw that can be expolited by a one-man starship? all politics aside, they do have a point. and the white hou
, of course, host of "democracy now." >>> this week president obama anoupsed three cabinet nominations all white men. the five departures which as of wednesday include hilda solace to our males. the appointments have called into question the president's commitment to diversity in his second term, concerns by a mick kmur in "the new york times" on tuesday, showing president obama last month in the oval office surrounded by his closest advisers discussing fiscal cliff negotiations. 1 of 11 is a woman, valerie jarrett who's leg is barely visible. that picture is not fully illustrative of the president's record. according to the "new york times" 43% of mr. obama's appointees have been women. that's roughly the same as clinton and one-third more than george w. bush and he's nominated female judges at twice the rate of president bush and more women, minority and gay judges than any previous president has. on wednesday, white house press secretary jay carney defend tornado president's record. >> the president's senior staff here is well -- women are well recommended in the president's senior staf
." the democrats have picked up eight seats in the congress. the white house wants to have both houses under democratic control for its last two years of obama presidency where is the incentive for the two parties to get along co? >> i do not see much of one. republicans are going to try to go back to their district and say, i put up a good fight. democrats are going to back and say, there obstructionist. do not send them back. with those types of dynamics, it is set up to be just as disagreeable as the last congress. you heard the congressman said, i think they're going to call for bipartisanship. it is what a bit tricky battle for both of them. >> agreed. everyone was having their kumbaya moment, talking a good game. then immediately they started fighting just like they had for the two years previous. the republicans lost eight seats. the people better here now are more conservative than they were before. you'll see the same gridlock we saw over the past it of yours. -- two years. everyone keeps asking, what can they get done? the better question is, what do they have to get done. that is
're watching a new online tool called me the people to allow americans to directly petition the white house. >> reporter: it was a noble concept, the kind of thing obi-wan or obama wan kenobi would have thought of. >> help me, obi-wan kenobi. you're my only hope. >> reporter: to go on to the website, and petition for change. if 25,000 citizens agreed, the administration would respond. but faster than a light sabre, people began petitioning for all kinds of strange things from recognizing ping-pong as a school sport to deporting piers morgan for his views on guns, but the most popular idea of all -- >> i have a bad feeling about this. >> reporter: a petition to, quote, secure resources and funding and begin construction of a death star by 2016. the reason? to, quote, spur job creation and strengthen our national defense. nearly 35,000 people went online and agreed, and the white house, true to its word, responded saying intergalactic domination probably isn't the best idea in the universe. first the price tag, a budget-busting $850 quadrillion and second, the administration does not support
of state, defense and treasury, cia chief, all white men. some people are steamed about it. >> yep. >> does that bother you? >> no, i think obama should pick an all-black cabinet. why not? let's freak out some people in america. the first black person picked for a cabinet position was 1966. in all seriousness, he's going to have some diversity. 50% of the white house staff are women. i'm a big advocate of diversity. i think we learn from each other. i think it's great to have. i'm hopeful he'll make up for it. susan rice would have been secretary of state if the republicans hadn't attacked her -- >> hold on. i've been hearing that all week. i heard an interview, i was screaming at the television saying, people don't look when they're looking for the best qualified -- that is a bunch of crap. if you go to any h.r., anyone who's looking for any type of person to fill a job, they talk about everything, hair color, eye color, i need a black woman for this. we need a black man for that. and for an african-american, the first black president of the united states not to understand the optics of th
restrictions. from the white house, nbc's kristen welker has more tonight. >> reporter: a month after the newtown shooting, gun stores tell nbc news they have seen an uptick in sales. owners stocking up out of fear the obama administration will impose stiffer laws. in december, the national instant criminal background check system reported 2.2 million background checks were performed last month, in increase of about 58% over the same period in 2011. >> you all know this is a complicated issue. >> reporter: and it is against this backdrop that the vice president is wrapping up his gun safety task force. >> federal weapons trafficking statute to universal background checks to making more widely available mental health assistance. >> reporter: there are more proposals, including the controversial reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, and limiting access to high capacity clips. earlier in the wee biden butted heads with the national rifle association over those issues. >> the vice president and his folks are focusing primarily on firearms ownership, and what we consider second amendme
with the obama campaign over at the obama administration and? >> in 2008 on the obama campaign i was personal videographer for the first to have years of the white house. this last cycle did not work on the campaign formally, or at the white house but i worked in the new and strange murky world of super pacs and packs an independent expenditures. >> talk to us about the campaign. how did you get hooked up with the president? >> there was an ad in craigslist and that's not the case. right place right time. a friend of mine was working at cnn as a documentary producer. that's kind of a more normal path into politics. as much as i was interested i was a filmmaker. not first and foremost on anyone's list. she knew i was passionate and water to get involved and brought me. i headed off with the senator and started traveling inside the bubble. >> how long did you do it? was a 24/7 for a while? >> you know, essentially on the campaign it really felt like 24/7. i was technically living in chicago but i was there about two or three days a month. so it was pretty 24/7 budget scale back a bit at the whi
within reach. harris? >> so he met with president karzai yesterday and then i understand president obama had a meeting at the pentagon having to do with some of this. what you can tell us about that. >> the white house says this was really a fitness test at the health clinic at the pentagon today. part of the medical checkup coordinated by a doctor. the president was there at the pentagon for two hours. the results of the test will be released before the end of the month. molly henneberg thank you very much. good to see you. >> right now victims of the serial killer it's been years since we have even spoken his name. his rage grabbed the nation's attention and left communities frozen in fear. how it could effect families with missing loved ones. >> just what did vice president joe biden learn when he met with gun advocates this week. stay close. [ coughs ] [ breathes deeply, wind blows ] [ male announcer ] halls. let the cool in. ♪ [ male announcer ] some day, your life will flash before your eyes. make it worth watcng. introducing the 2013 lexus ls. an entirely new pursuit. >> haven't
, secretary of state, defense and treasury, cia chief, all white men. some people are steamed about it. >> yep. >> does that bother you? >> no, i think obama should pick an all-black cabinet. why not? let's freak out some people in america. the first black person picked for a cabinet position was 1966. in all seriousness, he's going to have some diversity. 50% of the white house staff are women. i'm a big advocate of diversity. i think we learn from each other. i think it's great to have. i'm hopeful he'll make up for it. susan rice would have been secretary of state if the republicans hadn't attacked her -- >> hold on. i've been hearing that all week. i heard an interview, i was screaming at the television saying, people don't look when they're looking for the best qualified -- that is a bunch of crap. if you go to any h.r., anyone who's looking for any type of person to fill a job, they talk about everything, hair color, eye color, i need a black woman for this. we need a black man for that. and for an african-american, the first black president of the united states not to understand the opt
says that this year's vaccine is a good match for the flu strain going around. >> president obama paid a visit to the clinic at the pentagon this week, and don't worry, not for a case of the flu, but the white house says a routine fit ness evaluation, and the results will be released by the end of the month. the president's last exam in 2011 found the long-time smoker toe b tobacco-free and consuming a healthy diet. >>> moving overseas, ousted president hosni mew bark ra has won a trial for murders. the retrial will be based on the same evidence, but this time, judges will consider mubarak's health. the 84-year-old recently broke his ribs in a fall. mubarak's trial, as you may recall drew the world's attention, because he was the first arab leader to p be jailed by his people, and because he appeared in court lying on a hospital bed and confined to a cage. >>> in an incident yearly similar to a deadly sexual assault that send shock waves worldwide, indian police say another indian woman has been gang raped on a bus. and there are six arrests including the bus driver, and this time the
on is that president obama really, really spent a lot of time talking about tim geithner and the applause he got in the white house was extended. you don't -- you think tim geithner and neil barofsky, the inspector general of t.a.r.p., you both think geithner's more part of the problem than the solution? >> i think, you know, i agree with barofskyon a lot of these points. tim geithner's legacy, he's going to be remembered as the architect of too big to fail. he had the opportunity to go in and correct a lot of problems, restore fiscal honesty and transparency in the system and instead, they papered over the problem and threw a lot of money at corrupt failing institutions and they created these sort of monsters that now we have to publicly back even when they're laundering money for terrorists and drug dealers. >> you write an article like this, it gives you strange bedfellows and puts you into bed with a lot of conservatives who say we shouldn't have had the bailout? >> i believe it should have been done differently with conditions. it should have been done in a way that encouraged transparency
in washington. the national rifle asees yation president david keen put the blame squarely on the white house. >> the two people who were selling so-called assault rifles are senator feinstein and president obama, not us. they are the ones that are scaring american gun owners. it isn't the nra. >> tomorrow marks one month since the massacre in newtown, connecticut, and residents are meeting there this afternoon to discuss what to do with the sandy hook elementary school which now stands vacant. susan candiotti is in newtown is there any consensus among the people there, those who have been speaking, about what to do? >> reporter: marty, everyone has a different idea and we have been hearing lot of them during the course of this meeting, which is still going on. it's a public forum. one of the ideas even included creating a planetarium there so that people could go there and look at the stars. what was most powerful about this was the number of parents, victims and survivors, speaking before this crowd, some of them, at times, breaking down into tears. for example, one mother who said, "the ch
on tap for january. >>> president obama made a visit to a clinic at the pentagon this weekend, but don't worry, it wasn't for a case of the flu. the white house tells us that it was just a "routine fitness evaluation." the results of which will be released by the end of the month. the president's last exam in 2011 found the long-time spoker to be tobacco free and consuming a healthy y diet. >>> now that we know the oscar nominations, award season has begun. what to expect more from the golden globes at 8:00 this morning eastern time with our entertainment panel. but another big hollywood award show coming up that you may not know about. that's the razzies and they honor the year's worst films. >> this is shelf paper from 99 cents only and a sprig of a leaf on top of it. it's intentionally tacky. i wish we could say for the movies that we nominate. they achieved it without trying. >> what about "that's my boy." this is a film i saw recently, i admit it. you put the entire cast on the "ra "razzy" list. >> that surprised me. this is his follow up. last year he won, his movie won every si
campaign. this is a picture on the back of us with -- >> this is funny. >> -- the obamas. the first time i'd ever met the president. and she said hey, mr. president,'s in my husband, he's the new white house correspondent for nbc. i was like baby, you don't need to -- it's okay, you don't need to do this. and we wrote "just met the neighbors." >> it's all good. next week my interview with nbc's kristen welker about her experience out on the campaign trail following the president. her dream job as one of nbc's white house correspondents and the one trait she shares with a george clooney character. got to dune tune in for that. now number 2 on the first five web stories, ready to frachl starting tomorrow, most cubans will be able to leave the country with just a passport and no need for exit visas and letters of invitation. the travel restrictions were first imposed by the communist government back in 1961. with so much noise about health care... i tuned it all out. with unitedhealthcare, i get information that matters... my individual health profile. not random statistics. they even reward
problematic. we see president obama and his chief of staff will either be biden's or the deputy of tom donnalyn, all white males, to drop the mask of pretense of bipartisanship, pushing the agenda through and the discussion each of them is what we can do in terms of ignoring the law. but hagel has real problems. >> john, you have pointed out that republicans are in disarray. does that make it impossible for them to oppose the nominations? >> it makes it harder. the big thing here, the president is consolidating his power and exerting his influence on all the departments. he is entitled to do it but there is no opposition to it. there is no other side. the republicans are crumbling. we have a poll we will put up, the heart of the republican coalition is tea party movement, it is down to only 8 percent of american people from 24 in april of 2010 so that is self-inflicted political suicide. they have shrunk themselves down. the republican narrative, against obama, is not existent. that's the vacuum the president can operate in. >> part of what you want in a secretary of defense it strike
the president said that in 2008 when he was running for the white house. guest: i think that is right. i think one of the conditions that president obama and his team -- a lot of demands and expectations of rumba world and a lot of challenges. america's role is not just to knock back a challenge of foes. when america's power is doubted, allies doubt their ability to stand by us in very tough times. i think one of the real challenges is when you think strategically and ask what the roster of priorities that the united states had a focus on is, especially during the economic crisis when president obama came in -- you had rising problems with north korea -- that is what chuck hagel is saying. we do not have a magic wand. we need to essentially figure out the limitations we have. you can act in certain places and then hopefully find successes in those. that is a realistic assessment of power that i think gary schmitt and others on the neo- conservative side think the role of the united states is. they become more responsive of contributors to the international system. when you have limited power,
lawn of the white house, and troop levels and numbers that really seemed rather meaningless and cold. i wouldn't -- been covering the fights between mcchrystal and barack obama, but it wasn't until i embarked upon the project that i came to any understanding of what it is our brave troops, men like those on the panel with me, go through, what they sacrifice for us. not just them but their wifes and their moms and their friends, and what we as the nation don't recognize enough, which is that we're incredibly blessed to have people like this, doing this for us, serving like this for us, and their stories are actually -- even though we in the media don't cover them all that much -- certain lit not as much as they should be -- that's because the american people don't generally want to hear them and the war is a bummer. these stories are very inspiring, and what people do for one another, and the strength and resolve and bigness of heart that our troops have, even the ones who make bad mistakes and even the ones who screw up here and there -- that's certainly all part of the become. at it so
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